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    If you wish to use a motor vehicle in public places legally, you will need to have a valid driving licence (DL) with you. To obtain a driving licence, you can either make an application for the same at the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in your jurisdiction or apply for it online through the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Sarathi).

    Documents Required to Apply for a Driving Licence Online

    When applying for a driving licence online, you will be required to submit certain documents along with your application form. Thus, before starting the application, you should ensure that you have the documents listed below handy:

    • Address proof
    • Proof of age
    • Proof of citizenship
    • Permanent address
    • Learner’s licence (LL)
    • Learner’s licence application form
    • Certificate from a recognised riding or driving school
    • Three passport-size photographs
    • Documents of the vehicle you will be taking for the riding/driving test such as the insurance policy document, PUC certificate, registration certificate of the vehicle, etc.

    Procedure to Apply for a Driving Licence Online

    To apply for a driving licence online, you will need to follow the below-mentioned steps:

    • You will first need to visit the website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Sarathi).
    • Once you are on the website, you will see a number of clickable options on your left side. You will need to click on ‘Apply Online’. You will then have to select the type of licence that you wish to apply for.
    • Upon doing so, you will be redirected to another webpage and you will have to indicate If you hold a learner’s licence, a foreign driving licence, or a defence licence. You will also have to key in your learner’s licence number and your date of birth, after which you will need to click on ‘OK’.
    • You will then be required to key-in certain information into the online driving licence application form.
    • Once you fill the required details, you can upload the documents mentioned above.
    • You will also have to upload your photograph and your signature, if required.
    • You will then be able to book a slot for the road test, which you will have to clear to get the driving licence.
    • After booking a slot, you will be able to pay the applicable fee.
    • On the date of your road test, make sure to go to the RTO directly well in time for your test.

    Break Down of the Online Driving Licence Application Form

    The driving licence application form has 5 parts, which are as follows:

    • strong>Part A: In the first section or Part A of the driving licence application form, you will need to key in certain particulars such as the type of licence that you are applying for, the state that you reside in, name of the district Regional Transport Office (RTO), your full name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, country of birth, email ID, name of your father/husband/guardian (as applicable), permanent address proof, present address proof (if it is different from the permanent address), citizenship status, educational qualification, blood group, and identification marks (if any).
    • Part B: In Part B, you will have to indicate the type of vehicle that you wish to drive/ride. In total, there are 19 choices and an applicant can opt for all choices, if they wish to.
    • Part C: The next part of the online driving licence application form includes a list of documents that you will need to submit along with your application form.
    • Part D: In Part D of the online application form, you will have to declare that all the information mentioned by you in the form and the documents that you have attached along with your application form are accurate and true.
    • Part E: Part E of the online application form is only valid for applicants who are under 18 years of age. If you are under the age of 18 years, you will need to get your parent/guardian to sign this part of the form in the presence of an authorised officer.

    Things to Keep in Mind When Applying for an Online Driving Licence

    Listed below are certain things that you will need to remember when applying for a driving licence online:

    • To apply for a permanent driving licence, it is necessary to first have a learner’s licence.
    • You can apply for the driving licence within 30 days from the date of issue of the learner’s licence. However, you will need to apply for the DL before your LL expires.
    • If you don’t apply for a permanent driving licence within 6 months from when your learner’s licence was issued, your learner’s licence will be cancelled.
    • Since you will be submitting the application form online after keying in the required information, it is necessary to recheck all the information that you entered into the form before submitting the form.
    • When appearing for your road test, you will need to carry all the documents that you submitted along with your online application form.
    • It is necessary to attach your learner’s licence when applying for the permanent driving licence.
    • You can also choose to download the driving licence application form through the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (Sarathi) website, fill it up, and submit it along with the required documents and fee to the RTO directly. Alternatively, the entire process, starting from procuring the driving licence application form to the payment of the fee, can be done at the RTO.

    While you can always choose to visit an RTO to apply for a driving licence, it is advisable to apply for a driving licence online since it is more time-efficient and cost-friendly.

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